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BBC One commissions third David Walliams adaptation


A third David Walliams book – The Boy In The Dress, is to be adapted for BBC One, following on from the success of Christmas TV offerings Gangsta Granny and Mr Stink.

The hour-long Christmas special tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who enjoys cross-dressing, and the reactions of his family and friends.

Adapted by Kevin Cecil and Andy Riley alongside David, the special is a co-venture between King Bert Productions Limited and BBC In-house Comedy.

Walliams says: “I am over the moon that my first novel for children is going to be on BBC One at Christmas. I was very pleased with the adaptations of Mr Stink and Gangsta Granny, and I trust Boy in The Dress will delight and surprise a family audience.” 

Shane Allen, BBC Controller, Comedy Commissioning, says: “Boy in the Dress is a very touching, hilarious and poignant story of why being different is something to celebrate. As with David’s other novel adaptations I have no doubt this will attract an exceptional cast and be a special Christmas treat for all the family.” 

The producer is Jo Sargent, executive producing is Mark Freeland. 

Boy In A Dress will air over the festive season.

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